Coquito Cocktail – Puerto Rican Coconut Beverage

Rich and creamy popular Puerto Rican Coconut Beverage; Coquito Cocktail is a festive drink that is shared with friends and family during the holidays.


coquito cocktail in a clear glass with the words PEACE with rum on the side


Coquita Cocktail – Puerto Rican Holiday Drink

Today I’m sharing one of the most decadent cocktails that I’ve ever tasted; Coquito, a traditional holiday beverage that is served in Puerto Rico!

I first tried this creamy coconut cocktail about three years ago, and haven’t had it again until vacationing and shopping in San Juan just a few weeks ago!

Alan and I were exploring the quaint town and popped into a jewelry shop and started to chat with the sales gal about the frog that is so prevalent in Puerto Rico, the Coqui.

She pulled out a tray of frog charms and other pieces only available in Puerto Rico, and then offered us drinks; Medalla (beer), Sangria or Coquito. My ears perked up when she mentioned Coquito!

Oh, YES, please…


Discovered Coquitos in San Juan
The town of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Coquito Receta (Recipe)

Alan opted for the beer, which was whole 12 ounces served in a red party cup. My cocktail arrived in a plastic shot cup, which was just shy of an ounce.

It was one tasty sip though and as soon as we got home I made a whole pitcher of Coquito!

There are many variations to this recipe as there are ways to serve this cocktail. I added my own flare by using spiced rum, which I served on the side instead of adding it in the drink.

Ingredients Needed For Coquito

  • Coconut milk
  • Cream of coconut
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon sticks

Additional Ingredients:

  • Rum, dark or light (I used spiced flavor)
  • ice for serving
  • ground cinnamon to top drinks


Coquito Cocktail in a clear glass topped with cinnamon

Tips On Serving Coquito

Since this drink is so thick and is served cold, adding ice to the drink was the best way to thin down the thick coconut mixture.

Serve the coquito in a pitcher without the rum so the amount can be adjusted to each person’s preference.


Coquito Cocktail in clear cups topped with cinnamon

Other Cocktails You Might Enjoy

Oh, and if you are wondering, we did buy a charm just not the frog, but now I wish I would have bought him. Those buggy eyes have grown on me 🙂

Happy New Year, awesome friends! Wishing you a safe holiday and I look forward to sharing the new year with each of you!


Rum in a small shot glass to add to coquito cocktail


coquito cocktail in a clear glass with the words PEACE with rum on the side

Coquito Cocktail - Puerto Rican Coconut Beverage

Enjoy a glass of coquito at your next holiday party! This cocktail is a rich coconut flavored drink similar to eggnog, but with a splash or two of rum. This is a holiday drink often served in Puerto Rico.
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: Holiday
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 -10 cups
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 13.5 ounce cans coconut milk
  • 1 15 ounce cans cream of coconut
  • 2 12 ounce cans evaporated milk
  • 1 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • Additions
  • Rum dark or light (I used spiced flavor)
  • ice for serving
  • ground cinnamon to top drinks


  • In a large glass blender combine cream of coconut, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. Pulse until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and add cinnamon sticks. Cover and refrigerate and chill before serving (the longer you chill the more time the flavors blend together).
  • Before serving stir coquito, remove cinnamon sticks and serve over ice. Add rum (1 - 1.5 ounces per drink), stir, and sprinkle with cinnamon.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g


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Adapted from Coquito – Coconut Eggnog from the Goya site.

This holiday cocktail is popular in Puerto Rico. Rich and delicious like eggnog, but flavored with a splash or two of rum! | #rum #cocktail #coconut #coquito #holiday

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  1. I don’t drink alcohol but I love the flavor of rum extract – I wonder if I could use that and still make this work because the cinnamon, coconut, rum flavor combo sounds incredible!

  2. Beautiful drink and I bet really rich and delicious. I think it might even taste better if I was drinking one on the veranda of one of the restaurants in San Juan. I can’t wait to hear more about your holiday.

  3. My husband and I went to Puerto Rico for our honeymoon 4 years ago. It is so beautiful there! But I was never introduced to this drink for the entire week that we were there- why?? lol! This sounds delicious. And those Coqui frogs- the perfect nighttime lullaby. 🙂